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What are the Common Core Standards?
Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.
In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
Common Core State Standards
Listed below are links to copies of the Common Core ELA and Math standards. In addition, the appendices cite research that support CCSS, have sample stories (exemplars) aligned to specific reading levels, and writing samples.